Cliff Lee Hit a Fan in the Head with a Baseball (Off of Anthony Rendon’s Bat)

Cliff Lee Hit a Fan in the Head with a Baseball (Off of Anthony Rendon’s Bat)

The Phillies lost 5-1 to the Nationals on Wednesday night, which is okay because you can’t win ‘em all, and we’re all sort of waiting for the bottom to fall out anyway. However, we’ve come to expect wins when Cliff Lee takes the hill, and it was the rare failure to deliver that stood out.

Specifically, Lee may have pounded the strike zone a bit too hard, which could help explain how he was done in by four solo home runs – nearly more. It was starting to look like batting practice or even the damn home run derby out there.

That happens though, so we might as well just look at this guy who had really great seats… much better than his hand-eye coordination and motor skills in fact. A fan in the front row committed the ultimate E-10, allowing an Anthony Rendon blast to slip right through his hands and hit him in the cranium (h/t Deadspin). Expert analysis: that looks like it hurts.

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Cliff Lee: always having an impact on the diamond. Hope the dude he hit didn't make out with too much worse than a bad headache.

>> Fan Hit In Head By Scorched Home Run Ball [Deadspin]

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth pays tribute to Flyers greats Bernie Parent, Ron Hextall, Roman Cechmanek (!)

Michal Neuvirth has a new mask — let's hope it helps him stop more pucks.

Neuvirth will debut a new lid Saturday night, when the Flyers return to game action after their five-day bye week against the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center.

The new mask pays tribute to Flyers goaltending greats, such as Bernie Parent (two Stanley Cups), Ron Hextall (current GM, 1987 Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Trophy winner) and Roman Cechmanek (why not?). Neuvirth will get the start tonight over Steve Mason.

In 13 games — 10 starts — this season, Neuvirth is 6-3 with a 3.30 goals-against average and .877 save percentage. Don't read too much into Neuvirth's start tonight, however.

The Flyers have a back-to-back beginning tonight, against New Jersey and the New York Islanders. The safe bet is to see Mason in net on Sunday night in Brooklyn.

But tonight, keep an eye out to see if Neuvirth can make a Cechmanek-esque head save.